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George Gordon MacKenzie was born in January 1, 1849 in New York state to George and Jane (Lyon) MacKenzie who were born in Scotland. In 1886 he relocated to the Sierra Nevada foothills. He published this book under the pseudonym Lewis Stornoway, named after the town of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. MacKenzie also wrote a few articles and letters about Yosemite for Century magazine during 1890-1892. These articles urged reform in park and forest management.
In 1898 he was hired by the General Land Office as one of eleven assistants to two Special Agents appointed to protect Yosemite National Park. The U.S. Cavalry, who usually patrolled Yosemite, were recalled during the Spanish American War. The well-armed mounted assistants spent their time expelling sheep hearders, fighting forest fires, and arresting those with firearms. They are considered Yosemite National Parks’s first civilian protection force.
In October 1898 MacKenzie registered to vote in Raymond, Madera Co., California. He lists himself as a newspaperman, 5' 11 1/4", blue eyes, and light brown hair. MacKenzie died October 15, 1922 of a heart attack at the Sacramento Hospital, Sacramento, California (state death certificate 22-043754).
George G. MacKenzie (George Gordon MacKenzie, pseudonym “Lewis Stornoway”) (1849-1922), Yosemite: Where To Go and What Go Do (San Francisco: privately printed by C. A. Murdock, & Co., 1888). Copyright 1888 by Geo. G. MacKenzie. LCCN 01000632. 98 pages. Illustrated. 20 cm. Bound in red cloth-covered board. Library of Congress call number F868.Y6 M2.
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